Book Discussion: The Summer Before the War

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 1:30pm
The Society of the Four Arts

Author: Helen Simonson 

Facilitated by: Brewer Mullins Schoeller 

A breathtaking novel of love on the eve of World War I that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set. 

East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master. 

When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking—and attractive—than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing. 

But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha’s reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war. 

Page Turners is a book discussion group where participants explore new titles and modern works of fiction. Discussions are open to the public and will be held in the Dixon Education Building during restoration of the King Library.

About the Facilitator : Brewer Mullins Schoeller was born in London, and raised in London and Beirut. Throughout her life, she has lived in America and abroad, and has traveled extensively. She is now happily settled into Florida life, and spends her time between Palm Beach and Martha’s Vineyard.

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Free · Call 561-655-7226

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 1:30pm · tickets · add to calendar 2018-03-14 13:30:00 2018-03-14 16:30:00 America/New_York Book Discussion: The Summer Before the War The Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, FL, 33480

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